Laplace Madiran 2013
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The region of Madiran is located in the heart of Gascony near the Bordeaux region. Although Gascogne is a region better known for producing Armagnac and white wines (St Mont, Pacherenc, Jurançon), when a wine is from Madiran, it is 100% red wine. The Laplace family is recognized as the leading quality producers of Madiran today. They are the owners of Château d'Aydie and descendents of Frédéric Laplace, the founding father of Madiran. Frédéric was the first, pioneering winemaker to bottle and sell his Madiran wine under his own name when the appellation was first created in 1948. At the time, there were only 50 hectares of vineyard under production. This area has steadily increased to 1,650 total hectares which now produce Madiran wines.
Tannat, the grape of Madiran, is a concentrated varietal with thick skins, which ripens late with strong tannins. It must be hand-harvested for quality and handling the right way to soften the wine. Laplace also blends it with Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, adding complexity and a silky balance. This 2013 is 80% Tannat and 20% Cabernet.
Wine EnthusiastThis celebration of Tannat is a balanced while severe and structured wine. Plenty of juicy fruit is ready to come out from behind the dry, tannic structure. There is power here as well in this wine that is firm and needs to age. Drink from 2019.